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of the world and your acceptance of their coming to the united states. >> what did we miss -- what do we miss when we look at ourselves? what do you see? >> sometimes, you are not aware of what an important country you are, and i think that the role that america plays in the world is very important for the united states to understand that it has a responsibility. i think anybody who has such an opportunity and has the richest and the great knowledge and power that the united states has has an incredible responsibility, and i think this is an important part of the u.s. vision. >> ambassador, you have the last word before we go to the break. >> i personally agree, but what i think you are missing is being the only superpower right now -- your knowledge of the other parts of the world is very limited. i'm talking about not merely the administration, but throughout the united states. >> our geography is limited or our knowledge is limited? >> your knowledge. >> our knowledge of the world. does the fact that we are so on knowledgeable about the world -- does that bother you a great deal? i have my
to deliver an attack against the united states. we are assured that a missle which does not now exist and has not been deployed will defend us. the standard missle-3 block-2 bravo is rumored to be considered for development and deployment, but we cannot be defended by a missle that does not yet exist and has not yet been deployed. what has happened is that the mention has canceled plans to -- the administration has canceled plans to deploy the g.b.i. system to poland which would have defended us and would have been deployed. we withdraw a real defense system for a planned one. a real deployment for a hoped-for one. it should be the policy of the united states to defend us against attack. it should be our policy to defend allies against atafnlgt therefore, we should sign no treaty which acknowledges a need to preserve russia's ability to attack the united states that also has the effect of opening a way for iranian missiles to find their mark against american or israeli families. i am struck by this debate. if the treaty does not affect the ability of the united states to defend us or israel a
. these images suggest the war was a defense of the united states against british invasion because all of these episodes come out primarily in the last year of the war in a period in which the british are mounting a counteroffensives. canadians what americans forget is that the war began and was fought as an american invasion of canada, and so canadians remember a very different war. they remember -- they celebrate their victory in the war, and i want to advise you that if you are ever with a canadian, do not say the united states won the war of 1812 because they take this seriously. [laughter] i find this out every time i go through border and go through passport control because they want to ask me why i'm coming into canada, and i should have learned by now not to tell them the truth. [laughter] i tell them i'm there to do historical research. of course, the next question is what are you researching, and then i make my mistake which is to say the war of 1812. well, this is going to keep me there for another 10 minutes, not that they are more suspicious of me, but just want me to know
the united states; that's for sure. but we do know that there are other nations that are enemies of the united states that are trying to get and possibly have nuclear warheads and the capability to deliver them. so, we need to assure, first and foremost, two things. that our nuclear capabilities are viable, which means we need a modernization program that we can be assured has an arsenal that can work. and, number two, we need to make sure that we have missile defense, and there is no reason to connect it to a treaty that is going to limit offenses. as long as our missiles are capable of being deployed, that is leverage that we must have. but we certainly have no reason to lower our capability to defend our country unilaterally, which, mr. president, i cannot imagine that any administration, and certainly not a united states senate, would sign nor ratify a treaty that might take away our capability to defend our country. i would hate for it to be on our watch that we lowered the defenses of the united states because we are being rushed into ratifying a treaty without the full cap
someone who has served in the united states congress for the last four years but someone who's also served our country, someone i know, and he's a friend of mine -- i put that on the record -- but someone we're very proud of, on the work that he did in both -- both forms of service, as a member of congress and serving in our military, and that's congressman patrick murphy. from bucks county, pennsylvania. from those who don't know our geography, on the season even ee of our state. he's been in the congress for four years. he'll be leaving this month. but he's been a champion of repealing this policy, and he speaks with a -- with an integ h an integrity and a commitment which i think is unmatched. because he's not speaking about this policy theoretically. he's not speaking about this policy in a textbook sense. he's speaking and has -- has fought for the change in this policy from the vantage point of someone who has served and who served in the -- in situations where he could have been killed, sometimes every day of the week. here's a part of what he has said. many things he has said about
. it was about the size of a basketball, 184 pounds, and it went into orbit and it passed over the united states several times. this was a bit shocking. on november 13, president eisenhower responded to this by delivering a speech, a major speech. he said "the soviet union now has the combined category of scientists and engineers in greater number than the united states. it is producing graduates in these fields at a much faster rate. this trend is disturbing. indeed, according to my scientific advisers, this is, for the american people, the most critical problem of all. my scientific advisers place this problem well above all other immediate tasks, over producing missiles, of producing techniques in the armed services. we need scientists for the 10 years ahead. -- ed." said he took a long view of this moment of crisis -- ahead." so, he took a long view of this moment of crisis. i was the beneficiary of that. in high school, i went to science programs during the summer. when i went to college, there was money being poured into investments for universities. i got a fellowship when i went to gradu
, the united states and russia must reduce the number of their strategic arms within seven years from the date the treaty enters force. this treaty sets a limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads or warheads on deployed icbms and deployed slbms count toward these limit and each deployed nuclear armament counts as one warhead toward this limit. this limit is 70% lower than the limit of the 1991 start treaty. and, again, let me stop, and i think if you asked every mes american, would we be safer with fewer nuclear warheads in the stock -- in the strategic forces of russia and the united states? the answer would be yes. i think we will all recognize the potential danger of the existence of more than enough nuclear weapons to wreak havoc, if they were somehow launched. the new start treaty also sets a limit of 800 deployed and nondeployed icbm launchers, slbm launches and heavy bombers. it is not only warheads but also launching systems. it puts separate limits on deployed icbms and deployed slbms and deployed heavy bombers. and the limit is less than half the limit established by the 1991 start
arizona has respect for lieutenant general patrick o'reilly. he is a retired united states air force lieutenant general, and it's his job to defend america against a missile attack. now, here's what he said. he says, "relative to the recently expired start treaty, the new start treaty actually reduces constraints on the development of the missile defense program. under new start, our targets will no longer be subject to start constraints." so -- so, you know, and when senators ask, well, why didn't we just extend the original start treaty? apart from the fact that the other side said they wouldn't, which is pretty significant, in addition to that, our military didn't want to because they wanted to get out from under the constraints of start i. so when the -- when the man who's the head of missile defense tells me that this treaty, in fact, removes constraints and improves our situation, then you add it to the plethora of other significant statements from secretary bob gates, from secretary clinton, from general -- admiral mullin, from general chilton, from the various other parties,
. regrettably, recent terrorist attacks against the united states have once again highlighted the risks that we face in our aviation system and also our dependence on our international partners. in this case, we were alerted by our allies, and the process shows that there are some good things happening in terms of the sharing of a information, but there is clearly more work to be done. i want to start on a point that chairman rockefeller discussed, and that is the issue of canada. it is a requirement -- i have discussed this with secretary napolitano, above the -- of the re-screening of passengers arriving from canada. their baggage must be physically transported to a facility in the united states. i see you nodding your head. it causes a lot of delays on our end for passengers who have already flown in from canada. could you discuss if there is any progress on that issue because of the delays it is causing in the united states? >> senator, i believe that we have answered in a couple of your letters. we continue to work with the canadians on this. as you are aware, the aviation transportation s
but comely absent with leave from america's historical memory. even when united states history was required as a subject in high school and colleges and many universities, textbooks and courses had very little to say about women, how they had contributed to the winning of world war i, world war ii, the wars in korea and vietnam. as the writing team of a nurse and a psychologist, co-author dr. evelyn monahan, we have a combined 50 years of experience with the department of veterans' affairs. now, you may be as surprised as we were to learn that the agency and the majority of it employees knew little, if anything, about the service of america's military women, any more than the average person on the street. this is, undoubtedly, the main cause that in 1989 the va published a bulletin for veterans' day that had only male veterans on the cover of that bulletin. it was evident to us that including women in military history had a long way to go. our interest in world war ii history started when evelyn and i were kids. evelyn grew up in new jersey and hearing war stories from world war ii. on a we
and green. i think we are on all levels of some of the state gsp's in the united states. and we emphasize education. i think everyone feels that education is their national right. they have the right to be educated to their full potential. we have good health care. we have developed industries in that green technology, digital media, biotechnology -- >> success. >> the fact that we have a billowed democracy and a country with such diversity, and a country that was a developing country with many challenges on the economic front. secondly, after our economic reforms, we had seen an acceleration of growth and we are trying to change our policy and society and grow our economy within a democratic framework. we achieved a growth rate of 9% for four years in a row of the gdp before the global economic crisis. we handled the crisis relatively well and we had a growth of 6.7% last year. it has jumped to 7% in the first six months of this year. so we are building an economy which is largely driven by domestic demand and investment. and one which we would like to have broad based building on servic
. that is why they pass the united states senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. knew s.t.a.r.t. simply stands on the shoulders of those two s.t.a.r.t. agreements. there are a few new components of it, a few twists and turns of verification, but not fundamentally new. they also stand on the trust and the fact of the legitimate enforcement of that treaty over all of the year that s.t.a.r.t. has been in effect. we are not beginning from scratch. we have 1992 until today record of cooperation and knowledge and increased security that has come to us because of the prior agreements. that is frankly why i was so pleased that president george herbert walker bush last week issued a statement urging the united states senate to ratify this treaty. in addition to stabilizing the u.s. russian nuclear relationship, knew s.t.a.r.t. his profound on our ability to work to try to stop the spread of nuclear weapons in states like iran. in seven months since president obama signed this agreement russia has alreadyiran. in seven months since president obama signed this agreement russia has already exhibite
of the individuals who wear the uniform of the united states who had personal interaction with the individuals who did the survey were opposed to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. the -- the survey does show that nearly 60% of the respondents from the marine corps and the army combat arms said they believe repeal would cause a negative impact on their unit's effectiveness. among marine combat arms, the percentage was 67%. and we think this is a good idea? we think it's a good idea when 67% of those marines who are in foxholes and are dodging bullets around corners in afghanistan as we speak today who say that this is going to have an impact on them. we think it's a good idea to repeal this policy. and by the way, this has nothing to do with the valiant service that gays and lesbians have provided to the united states of america. that's a given. we all agree with that. but what the marine corps and what the army as well as what the air force chief said is that this is not the time to repeal this, in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to repeal a policy that's working, that has the
. >> larry: okay. let's get to current things. what do you make of the release of the united states diplomatic and military documents by the wikileaks group? >> translator: some experts believe that somebody is deceiving wikileaks. their reputation being undermined. to use them for their own political purposes later on. that's one of the possibilities there. and that's the opinion of the experts. and also you have such opinion expressed here. if it's not so, then it tells us that it's necessary for the diplomatic services to be more attentive to their cables. such leaks occurred before in previous times. so this is no catastrophe. i don't see this as being a catastrophe. >> larry: how about documents that include a cable in which defense secretary robert gates, united states, is reported to have told his french counterpart that russian democracy has disappeared and that the government is being run by security services? what's your response to the american secretary of defense saying that? >> translator: i know mr. gates. i met him several times. i believe he's a very nice person. an
, ambassador. the united states has been looking in the direction of the iran and afghanistan for the last decade or so. china, at the same time, made dramatic moves in so many different areas. how do you see china right now, vis-a-vis the united states? >> is a major question. i happen to believe and have for deed time that china is in t a rising superpower. china has become the other superpower in many ways. and we should recognize this. you mentioned it to the global village. hopefully, the fact that we are increasingly interdependent economically, financially particularly -- this will lead to a degree of cooperation between the united states and china. in other words, if we suffer too much here, the chinese will not necessarily benefit but they may actually suffer as well because we are being increasingly interlinked with our economies. right now in europe, there is a renewed fear in ireland and other countries. there is no reason for americans to gloat about this. if a country in europe is having financial problems, they are going to decrease their imports from the united states. the
pointed out it was costing the united states $1 trillion in lost productivity, absenteeism and out of pocket costs. the differential and the gaining of weight in america in the last 20 years. this issue in america is only 20 years. in 1991 america was an entirely different country in terms of its makeup and physique. how do we motivate america to ge in shape? we are stealing resources from medica research, for insurance for the uninsured, for the education of our children, for investment in plants, roads, bridges, et cetera. because we are diverting it to a substantial increase in diabetes, cancer. >> i'm really concerned about it. right now, 10% of the health care costs in the united states are secondary to obesity and by 2020 it's projected that 20% of the health care costs in the united states are going to be secondary to obesity. we have to do something about this. we will never bend the health care cost curve unless we do something about obesity. this was not part of the dialogue three, four years ago. >> you're right. >> it is now politically acceptable to talk about it where
on to say but no calamity will befall the united states if the senate does not act this year. i couldn't agree more with the "washington post." it will not be a calamity if we're given adequate time to fully discuss, to fully examine, to fully debate all of the ramifications about an issue so profound as our nuclear weapons capability. the worst thing this body could do is shirk our constitutional responsibility by rushing this through in the final days of this lame-duck session simply to check the box before the new team, the new newly elected team comes to washington and takes office in january. thank you, madam president. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: thank you, madam president. madam president, i ask unanimous consent that floor privileges be granted to commander andre coleman, the department of defense fellow who has been extremely helpful in my office from the department of navy during the senate's consideration in executive session of treaty document 111-5, the new start treaty. the presiding officer: without objection.
be a top arms control and nonproliferation objective of the united states. so why wasn't it a top objective of the biden -- of the obama and biden administration? let me just make a couple of other points, and i think there's some other colleagues that would like to speak to this. then perhaps there's some other quotations from some of the people who actually support this treaty who have said this is a problem that needs to be dealt with. one of the things that was -- that came up during the course of the negotiations involved a particular kind of russian tactical nuclear weapon. these are the weapons of mass destruction that could be deployed on submarines. they are basically cruise missile weapons. nonstrategic nuclear weapons. these could actually reach the united states when deployed on submarines. so as far as the united states is concerned, it's a distinction without a difference as to whether they are tactical or strategic. they could be used against the united states with submarines because they are delivered by cruise missiles. these are exactly the kinds of systems that were limit
constructive international activities of the united states, with their social security is being cut and they're having to pay more in taxes. so the united states is going to have to be frugal in its foreign policy as you point out really for the first time since the beginning of world war ii. we have gone seven decades without looking at the price tag in the way we're going to have to do. so that's the first part of the title. we will have to be frugal. the public will stand for nothing else, but i also believe the best states will remain the world's only superpower. i don't think anybody else will take our place. there are lots of things in the world that we don't do them, they won't get done, and if they don't get done and i discuss these very things deny states does in the frugal superpower, if they don't get done the world will be a worse place to all of us, not just americans, will be poorer and less secure. >> will get into some of the things we need to do and some things will give up. that's why would like to start which is one of the ways we start reducing costs is the way of decidin
and our strategic thinkers see that as an advantage for the united states of america. that protects us. we are better off that way. why? because, madam president, it would be extraordinarily difficult to ver if i compliance -- verify compliance with a treaty that limited nuclear tipped icbm and slbm but it didn't count and therefore didn't inspect identical conventionally armed slbm and icbm. so we'd be absolutely foolish on our part to allow the russians to deploy additional slbm, slbm based exclusively on their assurance that they're not nuclear armed. how would you know? it's only by putting them under the counting that we protect the interest of our country rather than creating a whole sidebar arms race which would make everybody less safe. not -- not counting those missles would, in fact, create a new risk, the risk of breakout that you allow the other side the opportunity even if there were no cheating russia could simply leave the treaty and arm those missles if they wanted to with nuclear warheads on very short notice and we would all be worse off. so, in fact, what senator kyl is
lives and puts at risk those around the world to cooperate the united states to advance our interests around the world. in terms of substance, there wasn't anything that was all that shocking in this. this is kind of much ado about the obvious, like it's a big shock that saudi arabia is funding al qaeda or that the chinese are helping iran with its nuclear arsenal? none of this comes as a shock. i think what is shocking to the american people is not the anti- american anarchist julian'sage and i do believe it was an act of sabotage of the united states, built i think the fact that the original leaker was an army private first class, bradley manning. this is somebody within our own intelligence apparatus in the united states army. he's the real -- not to excuse what assage did, but manning is the ultimate developpen in this case. i think that's what comes as the biggest shock. >> james warren, welcome. i like the shirt but this is not halloween. >> i got this online two for one from the tony blankly collection. [ laughter ] >> you have to work on the suits now. >> yeah. >> what's the
of the current united states nuclear stockpile, 5,113 nuclear warheads, including deployed and nondeployed and not including warheads awaiting dismantlement. according to the federation of american scientists, russia's stockpile includes 4,650 deployed warheads -- deployed warheads, both strategic and tactical. the estimate of russia's arsenal is 9,000 warheads plus thousands more waiting to be dismantled. many, and here's the key, many of these weapons are far in excess of 100kilotons or five times more than the bombs dropped on hiroshima or nagasaki. many of these weapons are on high alert ready to be launched at a moment's notice and it would result in unimaginable devastation. so i ask my colleagues during this debate to reflect carefully on the extraordinary lethal nature of these weapons as we consider this treaty. this treaty is actually a modest step forward, not a giant one. it calls for cutting deployed strategic nuclear warheads by 30%, below the levels established under the 2002 moscow treaty to 1,550 each. it cuts launch vehicles such as missle silos and submarine tubes to 800
intelligence agency in the united states. franklin roosevelt appoints him in the summer of 1941 as what eventually becomes the office of strategic services. kind of a strange choice because donovan was a staunch republican, had run for governor of new york on an anti-roosevelt, anti-new deal platform. but he was also a plan of irrepressible spirit, boundless optimism, full of ideas, nd, in a sense, he reflected the qualities of franklin roosevelt. so, he was named the head of our first spy service. >> as you know, they call him wild bill donovan. tell us a wild story. >> well, one of the -- one of the conclusions i reachedabout donovan was that he was a magnificent magnet for attracting talent. his o.s.s. attracted collge presidents, philosopher, writers, journalists, photographers, actors, cameramen. arthur goldberg had been an o.s.s. veteran, subsequently goes on the supreme court, historian arthur schlessinger jr. was with the o.s.s. the french chef, julia childs was with the o.ss. what struck me about donovan is the cat-brained ideas that he could advance. one of which was that his
picker upper. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. the united states house just passed the controversial dream act. the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants who could gain status by joining the military or attending college. the dream act faces fierce opposition from republicans and is expected to fail in the senate. stay with fox news for the latest. >> remember the mandate in the new health care bill that many of you did not like? turns out special people, won't have to buy it like you. you happen to have a lobbyist in washington schmoozing the obama administration for you. who is getting the pass? joining us live jamie dupree. jamie, how many waivers are there so far? >> now 222. the numbers have doubled in the last three weeks to go over 200. when you look at the list from the health and human services department there's familiar names, mcdonalds, waffle house, universal orlando one there. are names you would recognize. there's others that you don't smaller operations, companies, insurance companies as well. of course unions in there too, whic
to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., december 19, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable michael bennet, a senator from the state of colorado, to perfom the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: i'm meeting and having conversation with the republican leader to see if we can come to an agreement on the c.r. there are a few issues but nothing that we shouldn't be able to work through. following any leader remarks, the senate will resume executive session to resume consideration of the new start treaty. we have three hours of debate with respect to the risch amendment, the time divided, one hour under the control of senator kerry or his designee, two hours under the contro
infantry of the division of the united states army who were dangling their feed off of a peer, cooling their feet. i said, if you look over your shoulder, you will see that the united states army is far from defeated. they have captured the heart of saddam hussein's power. he looked at me and he said, mr. fisher, i'm here to tell you that you are too far from reality. i think my book would be about living beyond the bounds the common western experience. the soviet union at the deaths of the cold war, north korea, afghanistan, who are the extraordinary people that you meet, the extraordinary evil that you encounter, but also of the inspiriting goodness in the human soul, which is rather the largest thing for me. i'm not particularly religious. i hope i'm not particularly self righteous. but that would be a very major thing for me. how in the midst of darkness there is always liked? >> for some of those who have never heard us talk before, white year is it -- what year is it in china? >> from 1971 to 1975, that was the last five years of melting 's life.- mao tse-tung i went back to chin
and produce more in the united states but when you look at the connection between firms which are multinational and have operations abroad and their exports against comparable firms which are really national firms but otherwise allowing for the other statistics of the firms, it is the multinationals that the duty exports. -- that do the exports. when they invest more abroad, they are very powerful. and there is a lot of literature on this. the obama administration's rhetoric which was to try to lift up the taxes on multinationals doing business abroad to the u.s. level was really a formula for asking u.s. multinationals to sell off their operate -- foreign operations. it did -- it went nowhere in the congress. to its credit, the administration scaled back their punitive measures against multinationals but they are still there. it will be interesting to see what the 2012 budget proposals will look like compared to 2010 and 2011. that is the absence of a territorial system which is the effective system in nearly every country. the few countries that don't have that have much low
of immigrants to the united states, whether skilled or unskilled, documented or undocumented, across the last 200 years and particularly in the last 25 years and with the great renaissance of data that we now have at our disposal to analyze more clearly the impact of all types of immigration from 1990 forward, we realize that immigrants, again, skilled and unskilled, lawful and undocumented, bring to the effort of community building and business building and economy building something that is moderately intangible for now. if we work at it for a few more years it will be tangible and we will be able to quantify part of it. it's something that represents itself in generational achievement both for those immigrants who arrive, who form small businesses at a rate which is disproportionately higher than native-born citizens, for their children that in turn achieve at a level that is higher on average than the children of native-born citizens, not to disparage those who come from the united states or come from long lines of families that come from the united states. we know we see this difference
treaty in jeopardy. i've one united states senator who plans to support the treaty, its ratification. if we continue to debate it thoroughly, and it outcome and especially if we do with nuclear modernization in the correct way. this is not the way to do it. is not the way to get 67 votes. it's a reckless way to consider the treaty. if it's important, as i believe it is, to the future of our country by bringing it up at the last minute. this is a senate where majority since the schedule and we are in the minority. but let's remember this is the senate that has not voted 15 in the entire year of 2010. there's been plenty of time to do these issues. we have a lame-duck session where the majority seems to be insisting on an encore where there were boos for the concert. they are bringing in every single issue they can think of it. it's called, snow is about to come. we will be meeting late at night and all of a sudden i ride the 2000 page bill. it sounds a lot like last year. as one senator already said what angered people in the elections issue is not just just a health care law and hous
. >> author mitchell bard argues while the israel lobby is charged with overly influencing the united states foreign policy goals in the middle east, the real power lies with the arab lobby. he presents his book at the skirball cultural center in los angeles. >> thank you for making this possible and all of you for braving the traffic here. i lived here for awhile and i can sympathize, but now i live in washington which also has bad traffic. it's nice to get a warm introduction. to be honest when you speak as much as i do, you can't always be sure though. one person introduced me said i don't have to make a long and boring speech because we have mitchell bard here for that purpose. [laughter] just to give you an idea of what a genius here before you tonight, one recent event, i was speaking and getting ready to come to the event and was getting dressed and pulling on my pants, and as i did, i realized they were more snug than usual, and i realized my brought my son's suit rather than my own. [laughter] in addition to all of the wonderful things doris said, i encourage you visit our website w
: are britain and the united states hiding something about the lockerbie bomber? wikileaks exposes cables that will have you asking: is there a coverup? john bolton is here and governor sarah palin under attack. by whom? and why? this scandal spreads around the globe. stay tuned. [ le announcer ] you know her. we know diamonds. together we'll make her holiday. that's why only zales is the diamond store. where you'll get an extra 10% off storewide now thru sunday. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] at&t and blackberry have teamed up to keep your business moving. blackberry torch now just $99.99. only from at&t. rethink possible. >> greta: this is the question are they incompetent. thrive had 10 years about the tax deadline and they've done >> now they are all in a panic trying to get all the money. here's the disgraceful part. they don't know how much they need, because there is no budget and they've made no effort to get rid of fraud and waste that would inmize the need for more money. what is the estimated amount of fraud and waste we should make the politicians go after it shouldn't we
of the book, which would be something that iraqi -- known in the united states at -- known here in england as comical ali rather than chemical ali. he said something to me that i think would be the subtitle of my book. when american troops arrived at the heart of baghdad on, as i recall, the seventh of april, 2003, and we were -- we saw baghdad bob and comical ali at a news conference on the roof of the palestine hotel. he is standing with his back to the palace, which was 800 or 1,000 yards behind him across the river. he told us the american army had been defeated in the gates of baghdad and was in retreat and tens of thousands of soldiers had been killed appeared this very moment over his shoulder their work troops of the third infantry division of united states army who were dangling their feet off a pier, what came to be known as the green zone, cooling their feet. and i said to him, mr. minister, i think if you look over your shoulder, you would see that the united states army is far from being defeated, and unblinking, and certainly without any regard over his shoulder, he looked at
mentioned as having a very bright political future. so the president of the united states comes to you and says i want you to be my ambassador to china. why did he do that? and why did you say yes? >> i like to think he did it because he cares about the relationship in the sense that bipartisan management management matters. in 31 years of our diplomatic relationship, it hasn't given way to political extremes. it's been managed in a bipartisan fashion. we've also been able to identify and pursue america's interests. without sort of shades of politics. and i accept it because the president asked. and i am one who is a traditionalist in that sense. >> rose: when the president needs you, you go. >> the commander in chief asked. and if you can make a unique contribution in that particular job, hardship though it might be, you stand up and serve. >> rose: this is an area of interest for you though. >> it is an area of interest. it's been a lifetime interest. it's been one that has pulled me to asia on a regular basis in different capacities and positions. it's my fourth tour of duty in asia
to the security of the united states evolves every day, as evidenced by a growth of home-grown terrorism such as the times square bomber, the new york subway plot, the fort hood shooting and the recent efforts to blow up aircraft over the united states, whether the christmas day bombing attempt or the recent attempt to blow up all cargo planes. it is critical that careful decisions be made on the allocation of resources through the department of homeland security, but, mr. president, a continuing resolution would not provide the transportation security administration with the resources necessary to enhance our defense against terrorist attacks such as northwest flight 253 and the recent attempts against cargo aircraft. this omnibus bill provided provided $375 million above the continuing resolution for t.s.a. to acquire 800 explosive trace detection units, 275 additional canine teams, hire 31 additional intelligence officers and strengthen our international aviation security. this omnibus bill provides provides $52 billion above the continuing resolution to deploy radiation portal monito
be submitted back to the united states senate for advice and consent. a very powerful provision, no doubt, and it's reassuring to have this fact sheet saying that substantive changes cannot be made by the b.c.c. it would be more reassuring if we put this in writing, and that is what the wicker and kyl amendment 4895 does. it -- it is very simple and it uses the state department language, mr. president, stating that provisions adopted by the b.c.c. that affect substantive rights -- and those are the very words used by the state department in the fact sheet -- are those that create new rights or obligations for the united states and must therefore be submitted to the senate for its advice and consent. the bottom line is this: if it is determined that a substantive change has been made by a decision of the b.c.c., then that change should be subject to the advice and consent of the senate. i urge a yes vote to this very simple but straightforward amendment. mr. kerry: mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from massachusetts. mr. kerry: mr. president, the amendment from senator wic
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